CHILLFILTR - Recent Top Picks
Some of us hear the sound of birds, or the wind through the trees, when we close our eyes and relax; some hear Edamame.
It's a remarkable achievement: balancing the influences of modern jazz fusion, neo-soul, and indie rock, with equal parts pre-meditated nuance and personal expression.
The falsetto vocal here seems to pour just a little sleep-dust over every one of those lifts, creating a sort of dream-sequence and a chance for the band to shine.
Whatever the thing is they're making, they've mastered the recipe.
The guitar is suitably blaring, the reverb extra springy, it's midnight at the Fillmore and it's 1976.
Folk-Punk is the perfect vehicle for the harsh self-assessment, with a hurt-you-to-love-you backbone to this urban fairy tale.
It is Blues, it is Soul, and it is the clear synergy of both a strong writer's point-of-view and a kickass backing band.
With a machine groove that smacks of dance-pop and a vocal track that at times hits on rap inflection, this is a terrific example of genre crossover.
There is a distinct minimalism to the vocal mix here: instead of stacking parts on top of the lead vocal, ARLO opted instead for a few small contrapuntal lines and atmospheric elements from the rhythm section.
The vocals are subtle, the affect is confident, and there is the vaguely orchestral skeleton living inside the drum mix.
It's an arrow pointing at the ground, verse to chorus to post, and... scene.
The comparison here could also be to Fleet Foxes, with that sugar-sweet fluffiness to the vocal mix, and the primacy of the acoustic plucked string.
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